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A lot has changed since the last time we spoke

For those of you who don’t know, I recently said “I do” (well “I will,” but it sounds better/more traditional if I say “I do”) and married the love of my life, and best friend, Jenna in the small Iowa town of Hawarden.

Following the wedding, Jenna and I spent an all too brief three days up on the North Shore of Lake Superior at the Lutsen Resort. Althought we didn’t really do much and spent most of our time relaxing and catching up on much needed sleep, we both had a great time. I really wish we could have spent more time away, but life doesn’t stop for the honeymoon, so I was back to work last Thursday.

Since the wedding, things haven’t felt that much different than they had before when Jenna and I were dating or engaged. One of the best parts of finally being married is that Jenna and I have been able to start putting together our house in Glenwood City. It has been interesting to see all the things that we each own and get rid of things we don’t need any more.

One thing has become clear after we have gotten through most of the boxes each of us packed to move: we are not going to have enough shelf space for all the books and movies we own. At one point, when I was feeling really ambitious and bored, I went through all of my books, logged them and made a list so I could keep track of them, as well as which books I have and haven’t read. That list put my book total at well over 250 books and that total has grown since then. My list of movies and TV series, which I also put together when I was particularly bored and feeling like doing something else other than watch TV, is even longer, with Jenna and I owning close to 300 or more movies and TV series. Again, that list continues to grow longer as we both accumulate more movies or get in the bad habit of looking through the cheap movie bin at Walmart. We have come home with more than one or two movies more than once since we started dating over two years ago.

All that being said, I’m extremely lucky to be married to someone who shares my love of movies, TV shows and books because otherwise I’m not sure how married life would be if she wasn’t as into all of that as I am.

Aside from being lucky about our shared love of books and movies, I’m also very lucky that I married someone who loves me for me (no matter how I look or what I do), puts up with my weirdness (trust me, I’m not always as composed as I seem when I’m at work) and loves me more and more every day. I guess you could also say Jenna is lucky too since I feel the exact same way about her, weirdness and all. I don’t know if you could say we are a perfect match, but we might be close.

And even though things will continue to change in our lives as the days, months and years go by, I know one thing for sure. I will only grow to love Jenna more with every day and that as long as I have her I can get through and do anything. I can’t wait to experience new things, old things and unexpected things with Jenna by my side.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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